It's Just, and it's a challenge. After I explain this, perhaps you'll be up for the challenge too! :)
Just a little over two years ago a woman sent me an email that was, shall we say, a bit less than positive. In a nutshell, she didn't like a particular positive word I enjoy using, because she said, I use it excessively.
In the time since receiving the flaming I've been thinking if there were words in my vocabulary that could be interpreted as a bother, and thus could be something I improved upon.
And I think I found that word. The word is "just." It's a word just like "um, a, cool" and so on that are used as fillers. (Did you see how I just used the word just, and there, I did it again? Yeah, that's just what I'm trying to explain.) I think I just use the word Just just too much and I am now making it my personal goal to cut down.
As a Crochet Teacher, when I'm describing a stitch technique, I've heard myself say, "Insert the hook just..." or "...just take the hook and..." and for a newbie just starting to (arg! there's that word again!) learn how to crochet, it's not "just" ... it's a bit more complex than just "Just."
So as I attempt to combat this injustice of "just" that I think I may have inflicted upon my friends, family, students, and such, I challenge you to also find a word you use excessively -- and try to remove or reduce the amount of times you use it. Over all, I think it will make for easier communication for all parties involved :)
*Disclaimer: the word "just" was over used in this entry to emphasize how a word can become an annoyance. I really don't use the word "just" that much (or at least I hope not!), but in certain circumstances, I do notice it and am trying to correct it.